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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Listen to the people who have earned your trust. You may be asked to make changes that aren't to your liking initially, but with a little acceptance and adaptability, you will end up in a beneficial position. Partnerships look promising.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Get involved in community or family events. Participation will be what keeps you in the loop, as well as an influential factor in whatever upcoming changes might affect you personally. Love is in the stars, and improvements can be made.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Speak from the heart, and show your passion regarding matters that can influence your position personally and professionally. Problems with deception and disillusionment are prevalent, making it important to ask direct questions. Your future depends on your ability to communicate.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Think outside the box. Take on projects that are different or that you feel inspired to do. Expand your interests and your friendships. A trip will help you acquire the knowledge you need to reach your goals. Leave time for romance.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Get information firsthand before you respond. There is no room for error, and you must be fully prepared to stop gossip, rumors, or meddling that is taking place. Step up, and take over responsibilities if you feel you can do a better job.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Talk to peers about what needs to be done, and find out who might be willing to help out. Call in favors, and take the initiative to step into a leadership position. You will have to work hard, but you will also reap the rewards.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Be reluctant to share too much information regarding your goals. Work quietly behind the scenes until you are sure you have everything in place. Expect opposition from someone vying for your position or trying to control you and your plans.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Ask questions to get to the root of any problem that arises. Taking a hands-on approach to everything you take part in will help you raise your profile and your reputation. Romance is in the stars, but ulterior motives are present.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Emotional deception is apparent. Be careful while traveling, dealing with foreigners, or even when having conversations with friends, relatives, or neighbors. Look out for your interests, and protect important partnerships. Do not fold under pressure or let anyone take you for granted.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Share your plans, and listen carefully to the suggestions being made. Take a strong stance if someone appears to be sabotaging a vested interest you have in someone or something. Love is highlighted.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Give-and-take will be a must. Focus on finishing what you start, but don't be afraid to change your direction if something doesn't feel right. A problem in a partnership is evident. Proceed with caution, and question others' motives.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your intuition won't misguide you, but your desires will. Contemplate what you are getting into before you take a leap of faith. The right choice now can bring you great joy and a prosperous future. Romance is highlighted.

Additional helpful excuses for not doing your homework this semester:

• I donated it to a needy student in the class. You can pay it forward by giving me an A.

• I was at a demonstration calling for higher salaries for UI professors.

• Can anybody ever really "know" the "answers" to homework, professor?

• I'd like to, but that would really cut into my not-doing-homework time.

• It's genetic: Both of my parents hated homework, so I hate homework. You wouldn't give me an F based on the color of my hair, skin, or eyes, so drop this unwarranted and close-minded inquiry as to the whereabouts of my homework, or you can expect a call from the ACLU, bigot.

• I was at my therapist's office.

• I was at a funeral.

• I was at my therapist's funeral.

• I was murdering my therapist.

• Sure, today it's homework, but what about next week? You might ask me for a report or a paper, or maybe even a class project. No, no, no; we're heading down a slippery slope here, and I have no intention of enabling you.

• I already did one homework assignment from you — isn't that enough proof that I know how to do homework? I think you might have a mild form of OCD or something.

• I burned it to keep it from falling into enemy hands.

• Doing homework brings back too many painful memories; my parents were killed by a rogue homework assignment.

• You didn't say "please."

— Andrew R. Juhl thanks Erik J. for collaborating on today's Ledge.

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